Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review-An Amish Cradle By Wiseman, Clipston, Fuller, Chapman

An Amish Cradle
Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller,
Vanetta Chapman
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Fiction

This book is four Novellas about Amish families as they experience the birth of their baby in ways that will forever change their lives and not necessarily in the normal way babies change your life. 

by Beth Wiseman

Ruth Anne and Levi must learn to love and accept their baby once they are told it has Down’s syndrome.

by Amy Clipston

Carolyn and Joshua are going to have their first child.  Carolyn had a son, Benjamin, when she was sixteen years old.  Even though Joshua adopted Benjamin, Carolyn is filled with doubt he will love and support Ben once his biological child is born. 

by Kathleen Fuller

Ellie may be blind as the result of an accident, but she is far from helpless, except in her mother’s eyes, especially with the birth of Christopher and Ellie’s first baby, which are twins.  Ellie’s mother takes over total care of the twins creating lots of stress in the lives of then new parents.  They must find a way to create harmony within the family to insure Ellie will have the help she needs with the babies, yet let her be there mother.

by Vanetta Chapman

At age 42 Etta and Mose receive the news of an unexpected blessing.  Etta is going to have a baby!  Since she is older, she is considered high risk and is advised to have her baby in the birthing center rather than at home with a midwife as is typical with Amish women.  On their way to the birthing center their buggy gets stuck in a snowdrift and although Mose is reluctant to leave Etta alone he knows he must go for help.  While Mose is gone Etta has time to reflect on things that worry her, such as will she ever see her son David again who left to be on his own?  Will God provide the money they need in order to save their home and will the baby be born in the buggy and will it be healthy? 

Each of these Novellas is about having babies, but each with their own unique circumstances.  I was moved to tears as I read each story as they struggled with love acceptance and faith.  I read the entire book in one setting.  If you love stories about the Amish; this is a book you won’t want to miss.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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